Moving Forward

This morning as I prayed for our country, I went back and carefully read the words contained in The Pledge of Allegiance and The National Anthem. In re-reading these beautiful works of words, I have determined that these writings were never meant to be divisive. These compositions were written to unite us. This morning as a Citizen of the United States of America, I can rejoice knowing that I have a voice. As a Christ follower, I should recognize the responsibility that I have and always give an account for the hope that I have because of Jesus. I am to do this with gentleness and respect.

I served 14 years as a member of the greatest Navy on the planet. On four occasions I was asked to raise my right hand and swear to defend our constitution and country. Serving in the U.S. Navy was my honor and privilege. People who engage in peaceful protest does not offend me at all. I am thankful that Americans have this freedom. NFL players who decide to take a knee during the National Anthem are exercising their right to peaceful protest. I hope and pray that it makes a difference. I hope that it forces us as a people to evaluate our attitudes and actions. I want to live in a country where everyone has standing and opportunity. Americans come in many shapes, colors and beliefs. Our Constitution gives the right to peaceful protest for all Americans.

I believe there is so much confusion over all that is currently taking place. The original purpose of the demonstration has been lost and overshadowed because of emotion and rhetoric. I want to encourage the people of the church that I lead and anyone reading this post to exercise restraint in your comments. Each of us should take time to understand the reason behind the protest. After gaining understanding, we should pray and think about the words that we post on social media. Boycotting the NFL is your choice, the same choice that it was for the players to take a knee. Let’s not get caught up in all of the frenzy created by the media. Concentrate on being kind to one another and learning about other cultures.

We live in the greatest country on the planet. I want to encourage each of us to look for ways to be in unity with each other. We cannot correct the horrific mistakes of the past, but we can help shape our future. Let us look for positive ways to end bigotry and racism in our country. Let’s work together as a nation that gives liberty and justice to all! I am thankful this morning that Star Spangled Banner is still waving over the land of the free and the home of the brave.

I love you all!

Pastor Jeff